Sukkot 2012

What is Sukkot?

Sukkot is one of the three major Jewish pilgrimage festivals.  It is a joyous holiday:  The Bible actually commands us to rejoice and be only happy.  For the week of the holiday we symbolically dwell in the sukkah.

When is Sukkot?

Sukkot begins on Sunday evening, September 30 at sunset.  October 1 and 2 are yom tov, days of the holiday during which observant Jews do not work.  October 3-7 are hol hamoed, days of the holiday during which work is permitted.  October 8 is Shmini Atzeret, and October 9 is Simchat Torah.

What is a Sukkah?

A sukkah is a temporary structure in which Jews symbolically reside for the eight days of the holiday of Sukkot.  This includes eating meals, sleeping and just hanging out.  Doing these acts in the sukkah reminds us that we are all vulnerable.  They also symbolize the temporary dwellings the Israelites lived in when they were wandering through the desert. 

Where is the Hillel Sukkah?

The Hillel Sukkah is just outside the Student Center, between Alliance Hall and Student Center multipurpose room.

Sukkot Events

Thursday, September 27

Sukkah Building and Decorating 11:30am-2:30pm, meet in the Hillel Lounge

If youve got brawn, come help us build the Hillel Sukkah, a temporary structure in which Jews symbolically reside for the eight days of the holiday of Sukkot.If youve got an engineering or architect brain, come help us make sure it doesnt blow over or collapse.If youve got an eye for beauty, come help us decorate in the afternoon.

Of course, we wont make you work on an empty stomach.  If you dont want to help with the Sukkah because of your brawn, brains, or beauty, come for the FREE pizza lunch!

Well be meeting in the morning at the Hillel Lounge, Student Center 213A, but feel free to join us at any time.  The Hillel Sukkah will be just outside the Student Center, between Alliance Hall and student center multipurpose room.

Wednesday, October 3  

Pizza in the Hut 11:15am-12:40pm, the Hillel Sukkah

 Celebrate being part of the Hofstra Jewish community with a slice (or two) on us! 

Sushi in the Sukkah 6:00pm, the Hillel Sukkah

 Our weekly informal learning session with Rabbi Meir kicks it up a notch in the Hillel Sukkah!  All students are welcome for an evening that will include some informal learning, and also feature holiday fun for all.

Friday, October 5

Community Shabbat Services 5:30pm, the Hillel Sukkah

Shabbat evening services during Sukkot arent that different from weekly Shabbat, but thats more than fun enough by itself, so who needs extra Sukkot fun?And if you do need extra Sukkot fun, there is a little.Celebrate the holiday and the weekly joy of Shabbat with usat Kabbalat Shabbatand Maariv.

Shabbat Dinner 6:15pm, the Hillel Sukkah

Shabbat dinner is fun.Eating outside is fun.That means eating Shababt dinner outside in the Sukkah is two fun things together.Thats double the fun, but the experience is actually exponentially more fun!

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